It should be noted that in the U.S., sesame is not considered to be a major food allergen at this time, so the Food Allergy Labeling and Consumer Protection Act does not include sesame among the foods whose presence in a food product mandates clear labeling. Only the top eight major allergens are part of the FDA’s Food Allergy Awareness program, and sesame is not among those eight.
In Canada and Europe, sesame is considered to be a major allergen, so clearer labeling of sesame products is required.
The following is a list of alternate names for sesame/sesame seed:
benne or bene seed, benniseed flavouring
gingilly or gingilly oil
sesamol, sesamolina, sesamum indicum
Following is a list of ingredients that may include sesame:
Because clear labelling may not be present for sesame products, the following is a list of things that sesame may be found in. Extra caution should be taken when using or consuming these products:
FOOD PRODUCTS / BAKED GOODS
CONDIMENTS, OTHER FOODS
tahini (sesame paste)
ice cream cones
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